2021/22 Acad-Pad Desk Diary
Lord Dodo is no bird brain
It's ceaselessly astounding what the human mind can come up with.
Every now and then, a truly great mind comes along to change the world. Just think: where would the world be had Isaac Newton not sat down by that apple tree one day and wondered why the apple fell downwards and not upwards, or had Albert Einstein not sat in the streetcar on his way home from work and pondered what would happen to his perception of time if the streetcar moved at the speed of light?
Likewise, in 1965, Lord Dodo (a.k.a. Sir John Verney) asked, "How can endlessly busy people save themselves from extinction due to the pressures of modern life?" His answer gifted the world with something so incredible that we believe he has cemented himself among the most revolutionary thinkers of our time.
The Idodeal daily organiser for the whole family
Lord Dodo, who today is chairman of Dodo Towers, conceived the Dodo Pad as an entertaining weekly planner to help the owner keep track of important dates and deadlines. Each edition of the spiral-bound diary is impossible to lose, thanks to the annually altering brightly coloured cover, and features Lord Dodo's extremely practical grid system, a true innovation of organisation.
Each week is clearly presented as a grid with each daily row divided into five columns. You can assign one column to each family member (with room at the side to 'marginalise' extra family members), or you can split the day into five because, let's face it, a single square is hardly ever enough room for an entire family or even one terribly busy person. By using the Dodo Pad, everyone can stay in sync and in the loop – coordinating family life has never been easier!
We have often wondered what humanity would have suffered through had Lord Dodo never concocted this ingenious invention. Friendships would crumble under the bitterness of forgotten birthdays; family arguments would erupt when parents repeatedly fail to attend their children's music recitals; and, frankly, just thinking about all those accidentally missed dentist appointments is enough to give us a toothache.
Thankfully, the Dodo Pad put an end to all these worries by providing you with a creative way to keep sight of your goals. Never again will you experience the sheer amount of stomach-churning stress that comes upon the sudden realisation that your super-important presentation was actually this Thursday and not next. Phew!
Lord Dodo's dodelightful doodles
As the descendant of a long line of distinguished doodlers, Lord Dodo is positively emphatic about drawing, spending his days scribbling and sketching away as he resides in his drawing room at Dodo Manor. The Dodo Pad has given him a way to put all his daydreaming and doodling to good use. His signature illustrations adorn every page of the Dodo Pad, giving each week a unique theme and allowing the reader a glimpse into his truly remarkable brain. His Lordship's favourite jokes, quotes, brainteasers, and unusual facts and anniversaries can be found throughout each Dodo Pad, and he even honours the Dodo dynasty with historical facts about his eccentric ancestors. Any appreciator of unconventional history and a good joke will feel at home in Lord Dodo's company.
Lord Dod's art may even inspire you to do some doodling of your own, which is why we've left a (mostly) blank space opposite each weekly grid for you to sketch your creations.
This Dodo's far from extinct
Initially starting with just the week-to-view spiral-bound diary, the Dodo Pad range has expanded and evolved throughout its 50-plus-year history to cater to every busy Dodopadler. University or college student with deadlines to keep track of and exams to plan towards? Our Acad-pad is perfect for planning out the academic year, from August to September. Prefer to see the whole month at a glance? Our month-to-view wall calendar is an excellent alternative to the diary. We also have looseleaf versions, Filofax compatible refills, and pocket- and personal-sized planners. Not only that, but Lord Dodo has finally joined the digital age and now produces interactive DigiDodoPads for use on your phone or tablet!
Whichever Dodo Pad product you choose, they all capture the buoyant spirit of Lord Dodo and his hardworking team at Dodo Towers. That's why the front cover of every single diary released, including the very first edition in 1966, proudly reads: "If you too are nearly extinct with the daily pressures of modern life, then try the Dodo Pad". And every back cover, accompanying the picture of a mother and baby Dodo: 'After using your Dodo Pad for a year you may find you're not as extinct as all that!'
So, don't face extinction! The Dodo Pad diary has everything you could ever want and more from a planner. Once you've become a member of the Dodo Pad family, you'll be amazed at how you ever managed to live without one of these infinitely helpful diaries in your home. It's no wonder why so many Dodopadlers are fanatic about our products.
Soothe your student stress with the Acad-Pad
Dodo Towers strives to help students succeed with the 2021/22 Acad-Pad diary, a mid-year academic planner that's the perfect aide to your studies.
We know that student life can be challenging, but it is also the opportune time to learn one of life's most valuable lessons – the key to success is organisation. After all, as a student you have a lot to balance: attending lectures, revising notes, listening to dodactic presentations, planning and writing essays, revising some more... and that's just the work side of things! We can't even imagine how full your diary must be if you're lucky enough to be socially popular. You'll barely have enough time to sleep in till noon.
The Acad-Pad is a fun way of forming a structure out of all the chaos so you don't become overwhelmed with all that academic life has to throw at you.
Schedule the school year in style
The size of this week-to-view academic diary is 24cm x 19cm (a little larger than A5), and it spans across the entire academic year, from August 2021 to August 2022. Each weekly page has been decorated with Lord Dodo's signature illustrations and features His Lordship's innovative grid system, perfect for displaying any busy student's schedule. The grid splits each day of the week into five columns, providing you with enough room to write a detailed timetable covering morning, noon, and night. It's never been easier to see at a glance what the upcoming week holds in store.
We've also included a specially designed Master Timetable at the front of the Acad-Pad, which allows you to keep track of your regular lessons and seminars that remain unchanged from week to week (and helps prevent repetitive strain injury from writing in the same set of classes over and over again).
Save your school sheets from sketches and scribbles
The Acad-Pad also comes with a convenient 'Stuff and Store' pouch to hold any essential papers. Opposite each weekly grid is plenty of space for extra note-taking or, when the monotony of lectures becomes too much to bear, doodling for your own entertainment. These handy features will at last save your detailed handouts and library books from being covered in your inspired drawings – something you're sure to be thankful for when deadlines approach!
In fact, when he was a mere student, Lord Dodo completed his dodissertation on students' most perturbing problems. He found that most students were stressed because either they had lost their very important notes and couldn't remember what they were supposed to be revising, or they had doodled all over them out of boredom and now couldn't read a thing. He invented the Acad-Pad as a way of killing two dodos with one stone.
An all-round dodelightful academic planner
Dodo Acad-Pads are unlike any other academic diaries you've ever owned. Filled with all the weird and wonderful quotes, jokes and facts you never thought you wanted to know, the Acad-Pad is the mad way of staying sane during your studies.
But it's not just for students. Math teachers will find the diary's usefulness incalculable. English lit lecturers will be lost for words when they see how easily it simplifies their scheduling. Physics professors will gravitate towards its cosmically colourful pages.
You get the idea. Just about anyone whose life revolves around the academic year will find the Acad-Pad indodispensable, and that's because it has all of the following features:
- Mid-year, week-to-view format, spanning from August 2021 to the end of August 2022.
- 24cm x 19cm pages (the same size as the original Dodo Pad desk diary) 53 weekly grids, each divided into daily sections with five columns and week numbers noted on each weekly grid.
- Master Timetable for keeping track of regular lessons.
- 100gsm 'excellent for writing on... even in fountain pen' absorbent paper.
- All UK, USA, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Public Holidays Fun facts, offbeat anniversaries, and inspiringly unusual quotes on each weekly page.
- Moon phases via symbols so all you lunar enthusiasts can keep track of whether it's waxing, waning, full or new.
- Forward planners for 2021/22 and 2022/23 plus clear planning space An indodispensable data section to record important telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.
- A handy 'Stuff and Store' pouch to hold all your essential handouts and extra sheets of notes.
If you love the look of the Acad-Pad but would prefer a different size, perhaps something a little smaller or even a little larger, have a look at all the size variants here.
You can also take a look inside if you're still not convinced what all the fuss is about.
And remember: any studious Dodopadler can get more out of their Acad-Pad diary by using our excellent accessories, such as the Dodivider, pen loops, and Save the Day stickers.